A Musical Tribute to David Letterman


In honor of Dave’s final show yesterday, I thought I would put up some of my favorite musical performances from Dave’s shows over the years. In addition, I tried to pair each video with another one of my favorite videos; I’m sure you will see the connections.

In no particular order:

Sonny and Cher singing ‘I Got You Babe’:

In November of 1987, Sonny Bono was running for mayor of Palm Springs and Cher was promoting her upcoming movie Moonstruck. The divorced couple went on Letterman together and were coaxed into playing “I Got You, Babe” with Paul Shaffer and his band; they weren’t exactly the best of friends at this point, but both of them knew it would make for unforgettable television. Had YouTube existed back then, this would have gone insanely viral the next morning. It wound up being the final time they ever sang together, as Bono passed away in January 1998. (from Rolling Stone)

And here’s a clip of the two of them signing the same song, but at a much earlier time. One of my all-time favorites.


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros singing ‘Home’ 

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros made their network debut on Letterman in 2009. The pure joy and happiness from the group comes through loud and clear.

And here’s a version by Jorge & Alexa Narvaez, who later appeared on the Ellen Show.


And last, but certainly not least, Bruce Springsteen performing Glory Days.

Performing on Letterman’s last show on NBC, the Boss went all out with this rendition of “Glory Days”. Springsteen starts out on the stage, makes some pit stops on top of the piano, and does his best to hack the strings off his poor Telecaster. (from USA Today)

Harry Chapin singing ‘Mail Order Annie’

While Harry wasn’t technically on one of Dave’s shows since the above video is from the Tonight Show, David was the guest host.

And to bring these last couple of videos together, here is Bruce Springsteen singing, ‘Remember When the Music’ at a tribute for Harry. Bruce’s dialog during the song is even more powerful than the song. Another one of my all time favorite videos.

Thank you David for the laughs and all the great music. You will be missed.


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